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The Power of Transformation
Written By : Scott Bird
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If you’ve been training for a while, gradually cleaning up your diet, no doubt you’ve experienced the amazing power of transformation. It’s a tremendous feeling.

Combined with that feeling is the the incredible satisfaction associated with helping someone else – whether that’s in the form of financial assistance, giving them a hand overcoming a particular hurdle, or simply showing them a new way of doing something. Anything at all.
A few of the ways I like to blend these are the ones I mentioned in ‘Giving it Away‘ and ‘Giving it Away II‘ : essentially donating pre-loved training equipment to those without any of their own. I’d love to kick that up a notch (particularly at this time of year), and add some other forms of assistance to that list. First cab off the rank is my favourite micro-lending service, Kiva.
I first came across Kiva back in 2006, after reading about Matt Frame‘s ‘handcuffed swimming in Cambodia‘ record. It’s a service which let’s you invest a relatively small amount of money (typically $25, which is still $25, but is small for a business loan) in a business somewhere in the world. I say ‘invest‘ because it’s a loan – you’ll generally receive the money in full, several months later.
If you’ve got an extra dollar or two and would like to check out the details of what they do (and how), come and join me at :
And thank you. Watching someone transform their life is truly incredible.

Over to you. Drop us a line on Twitter ( @scottbird ), or add a comment below.



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Written By Scott Bird
Scott is a long-time fitness enthusiast (Jan 2004!), writer and photographer living in Sydney, Australia. If you share the passion for spending a bit of time under a bar, welcome. Love hearing how everyone else trains. You can connect via X (Formerly Twitter), Facebook and the various networks listed in the sidebar.
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